China is a country with incredible diversity in its cuisines. The differences were originally based around the regions where the tastes developed, but these days it is possible to enjoy the different styles almost everywhere in China. Chinese food is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Because of the Chinese diaspora and historical power of the country, Chinese cuisine has influenced many other cuisines in Asia, with modifications made to cater to local palates. Chinese cooking is very individual and the tastes and cooking style of the same dish will vary from restaurant to restaurant.